*Join us for Change Seminar next Tuesday 11/5!*

*When*: Tuesday 11/5, 12pm-1pm
*Where*: CSE2-271
*Who: *Nithya Sambasivan
*Title: *Safety, privacy, and gender equity online

The Internet isn't gender equitable. In over two-thirds of countries
worldwide, there are more male than female users online. And, in India,
only 29% of Internet users were reported to be women in 2017. In this talk,
I will share findings on how safety & privacy threats limit women's access
and free expression online, drawn from our gender equity research in seven
countries, spanning nearly 2 years. I will present novel and chilling abuse
threats enabled by pervasive social media platforms, resulting in
cyberstalking, impersonation and personal data leakages, and how our
participants experienced and coped with the threats. I will also share how
inadequate privacy on devices led participants to create privacy-preserving
practices while sharing phones, such as locks, deleting traces, and
avoiding specific digital activities. I will then discuss design
implications towards a safer, more private Internet. These research
insights have been applied to several Google products, like Google Maps and
Neighourly. Check out the full report at g.co/genderequityonline, and
papers on abuse
 and privacy

Nithya Sambasivan <https://nithyasambasivan.com/> is a researcher at Google
Research, focused on the HCI questions of AI globally. Her research has
enabled Google to focus on people in the Global South and been applied to
several product deployments, such as Google Station, Datally, Google Go,
Google Maps, and Crisis Response. She graduated with a Ph.D. from
University of California, Irvine and an MS from Georgia Tech, with a
dissertation focused on technology design for low-income slum communities,
urban sex workers, and microenterprises in India. She previously worked at
Next Billion Users, Access & Energy and Google.org (all at Google),
Microsoft Research India, IBM Research T J Watson, and Nokia Research

Sara Vannini, PhD
Lecturer - Integrated Social Sciences and Department of Communication
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Personal website: http://www.saravannini.com
Sanctuary collective website: http://www.sanctuarycollective.net/
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